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'Hacksaw Ridge' Climbs to Top of Home Video Charts

1 Mar, 2017 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Hacksaw Ridge

Two Academy Award winners — and Best Picture nominees — were released on disc by Lionsgate just before the Oscar ceremony and promptly vaulted to the top of the national home video sales charts the week ended Feb. 26.

Hacksaw Ridge debuted at No. 1 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Feb. 26.

The Mel Gibson-directed war film, which took home Oscars for Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing, earned $66.9 million at the domestic box office and tells the story of Desmond Doss, a World War II field medic in the Pacific Theater who refused to carry a weapon.

Manchester by the Sea, the $46.9 million-grossing drama about an uncle (Casey Affleck) forced to return home to take care of his nephew after the death of his brother, debuted at No. 4 on both charts. Affleck won an Oscar for Best Actor; the film also picked up Best Original Screenplay honors for Kenneth Lonergan, who also directed.

DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, which had topped the charts the previous two weeks, slipped to No. 2 on both charts. Distributed by Fox, Trolls in its third week sold about 65% as many copies as the newcomer Hacksaw Ridge.

Paramount sci-fi drama Arrival dropped to No. 3, also on both charts.

Rounding out the top five, also on both charts, is another new release, albeit one that did not get any Oscar attention: the Broad Green Group’s Bad Santa 2, a dark comedy sequel in which Billy Bob Thornton reprises his role as a drunk and nasty St. Nick. The film grossed less than $18 million in U.S. theaters, less than one-third as much as the 2003 original earned.

According to VideoScan, Hacksaw Ridge generated 54% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 41% for Manchester by the Sea and 43% for Bad Santa 2.

Hacksaw Ridge also debuted at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, followed by the previous week's top title, Arrival, at No. 2 and Universal's The Girl on the Train at No. 3. Manchester by the Sea debuted at No. 4, while Warner's The Accountant dropped to No. 5.

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